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Under-age Pregnancy

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in each London borough in each of the last five years, broken down by age; and if he will make a statement. (82954)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 10 July 2006:

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many girls under the age of 16 years (a) became pregnant and (b) gave birth in each London borough in each of the last five years, broken down by age. (82954)

(a) Numbers of conceptions to girls aged under 16 in each London Borough for the years 2000-2004 (the most recent year for which figures are available), are shown in the attached table. Figures for 2004 are provisional.

Conceptions are made up of pregnancies that resulted in a live birth, stillbirth or termination.

ONS does not publish figures by single year of age below the age of 16 by either local or health authority because of the risk of disclosing individual’s information.

(b) Numbers of maternities in each London Borough for the years 2000-2004 are shown in the attached table.

Maternity counts are for girls aged under 16 in each year at which either one or more live birth or stillbirth occurred.

(a) Number of conceptions to girls aged under 16 years by area of usual residence—London boroughs, 2000-041

Area of usual residence

2000

2001

2002

2003

20041

London

1,246

1,252

1,229

1,247

1,127

Barking and Dagenham LB

45

51

43

44

41

Barnet LB

35

34

27

38

34

Bexley LB

22

34

36

27

36

Brent LB

55

52

50

54

49

Bromley LB

35

33

38

39

36

Camden LB

24

22

25

23

14

Croydon LB

78

72

68

57

63

Ealing LB

41

31

32

29

32

Enfield LB

48

43

51

58

46

Greenwich LB

43

51

45

45

49

Hackney LB and City of London

69

62

56

62

52

Hammersmith and Fulham LB

21

22

21

25

11

Haringey LB

60

59

59

46

62

Harrow LB

15

24

21

18

25

Havering LB

31

23

18

29

25

Hillingdon LB

32

37

39

48

50

Hounslow LB

34

38

25

34

36

Islington LB

27

37

30

33

35

Kensington and Chelsea LB

19

14

13

8

5

Kingston upon Thames LB

10

9

8

9

9

Lambeth LB

78

80

95

100

64

Lewisham LB

62

61

70

74

59

Merton LB

34

20

22

27

24

Newham LB

69

71

59

45

47

Redbridge LB

26

26

28

25

25

Richmond upon Thames LB

9

10

9

8

12

Southwark LB

63

68

77

83

66

Sutton LB

17

17

23

25

20

Tower Hamlets LB

39

42

34

28

35

Waltham Forest LB

41

41

49

50

30

Wandsworth LB

44

48

41

39

27

Westminster City of LB

20

20

17

17

8

1 Figures for 2004 are provisional.

Note:

To preserve confidentiality, counts for City of London have been combined with those for Hackney LB.

(b) Number of maternities to girls aged under 16 years by area of usual residence—London boroughs, 2000-04

Area of usual residence

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

London

178

205

197

141

149

Barking and Dagenham LB

5

5

7

Barnet LB

5

5

Bexley LB

6

Brent LB

11

8

11

9

5

Bromley LB

5

6

Camden LB

5

Croydon LB

5

13

13

5

5

Ealing LB

7

6

8

Enfield LB

7

5

6

Greenwich LB

8

8

5

7

Hackney LB and City of London

8

14

9

7

7

Hammersmith and Fulham LB

Haringey LB

10

17

17

10

10

Harrow LB

Havering LB

Hillingdon LB

10

5

Hounslow LB

10

8

5

9

Islington LB

5

5

6

Kensington and Chelsea LB

Kingston upon Thames LB

Lambeth LB

16

13

14

17

11

Lewisham LB

11

10

13

12

7

Merton LB

5

Newham LB

14

11

16

10

6

Redbridge LB

10

5

6

5

Richmond upon Thames LB

Southwark LB

11

14

9

13

10

Sutton LB

Tower Hamlets LB

6

7

Waltham Forest LB

5

Wandsworth LB

9

12

5

Westminster City of LB

6

Note:

To preserve confidentiality, counts for City of London have been combined with those for Hackney LB also counts of less than 5 have been suppressed and shown as —.